An adobe ruin at the ghost town of White Oaks.
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|The graveyard at White Oaks. I learned about White Oaks from an old book I found at the Albuquerque Library; it was a small book and was easily read in one night--but it was extremely interesting and enjoyable. After reading the history of White Oaks, I wanted to go there and see it for myself.|| |
|The graves of Cedarvale Cemetery.|| |
Another view of the cemetery.
|I must admit that when I first saw White Oaks for myself, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't nothing like I envisioned. Buildings were spread-out and far apart; the reality of what remains of White Oaks matched nothing with what the imagination conjurs upon hearing the words "ghost town". This isn't at all what I imagined White Oaks to look like.|| |
The historical marker sign for White Oaks. Gold and coal were found in the Jicarilla Mountains and White Oaks sprang into existence; this was a "resort" for Billy the Kid--with several saloons, general stores, and a fair number of brothels with many prostitutes.
The sign along Hwy 54 announcing the existence of White Oaks only 9-miles distant.
|Just a mile or so from Carrizozo after leaving White Oaks; Lincoln is to the left--and so is the "birthplace" of the Smokey Bear icon.|| |
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